Vicar - The Tadcaster Benefice

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Based in and around Tadcaster, famous for its breweries and a sizeable market town, this newly formed Benefice would be a great opportunity for a priest with vision and a heart for both town-based and rural mission and ministry in this attractive area of North Yorkshire. With excellent road links to the cities of York, Leeds and South Yorkshire, it is an increasingly desirable commuter area as well as being an area of traditional rural life.

The four distinctive parishes of Tadcaster, Newton Kyme, Kirkby Wharfe and Church (or sometimes Kirk) Fenton have recently been brought together into one Benefice. There is a real willingness to explore collaborative relationships and ministry, with a growing realisation that working together in fellowship and love will strengthen each church community spiritually and help to achieve God’s vision for us. Three of the four parishes are facing growth in population, with new housing estates, which gives new opportunities for mission. The mission of our Benefice is still in its infancy but, guided by the Holy Spirit we are learning of each other’s strengths and valuing what the increased diversity is bringing to our newly created family. The Tadcaster Benefice has an inclusive approach to church with LGBT+ members actively involved across the parishes.

The Benefice vision is for our church communities to grow in faith and in numbers, and be at the heart of the wider communities we serve; as individuals and as churches we want to be the hands and feet of Christ and share His love with them. We know that this will be challenging and may mean changing the way we do things. This will be difficult but, by building on our strengths and learning from our heritage we hope to grow as the inclusive and welcoming benefice we are called to be.

The Benefice enjoys a broad range of gifts, life experience and liturgical tradition across its four churches. Each church’s individual identity and tradition is important to us, as are the quality of worship and preaching, the celebration of the church’s yearly cycle of festivals and occasional offices. Increasingly the wider range of services on offer across the Benefice is becoming valued. We see ourselves as offering stability and constancy within our communities, and see our life celebrations and seasonal festivals as opportunities for different generations to gather together in worship. However, to achieve our vision we understand that we will need to see and accept how we are seen by others.

We are looking for a vicar who can walk with us and help us to:-

  • Collaborate and share together in ministry across the Benefice while understanding the need for each parish to retain its distinctiveness;
  • Shape and achieve our vision for growth and outreach whilst cheerfully and sensitively tackling the challenges this will inevitably bring and,
  • Maintain what is important to us as we become more open to change, encourage us in prayer and support us to joyfully communicate our Christian faith.

Someone who ...

  • Has a Christian belief firmly founded upon the life, death and resurrection of Christ, and who will teach us how to apply these truths in our everyday lives
  • Is experiencing a meaningful relationship with God, and longs for others to be a part of this exciting journey of discovery; who wants to enliven faith and belief.
  • Will encourage and celebrate what is best in each of our different worship traditions
  • Is a good communicator
  • Embraces diversity and offers an inclusive welcome at the Lord’s Table and across all aspects of church live and ministry
  • Is flexible spiritually and capable of ministering in a range of traditions
  • Can empathise with people at all stages of life
  • Has good time management skills and is capable of multitasking
  • With the ideas, personality and drive to engage with and attract new worshippers
  • Will discern, value and nurture the gifts of the diverse range of God’s people across each of our four parishes

What we offer:

  • An experienced and able ministry team including a third year curate, 5 Readers, 3 Recognised Parish Assistants.
  • Many wonderful volunteers across all our churches, helping in all areas of church life
  • A Choir and Director of Music at St Mary’s, Tadcaster, plus regular organists at our other churches, and Family Service teams planning worship at Tadcaster and Church Fenton
  • Baptism Coordinators for Tadcaster, Newton Kyme and Church Fenton
  • Wedding Coordinators at Tadcaster and Newton Kyme
  • Bereavement Group providing pastoral care and support
  • Benefice Administrator, providing 35 hours administrative support per month
  • Editor for the monthly benefice magazine, an established Benefice website and social media pages
  • An attractive four bedroomed vicarage with good-sized garden and rural views

The Diocese of York

The Diocese of York takes in much of North and East Yorkshire, including the cities of York, Hull and Middlesbrough, and two National Parks. Extending from the River Tees to the River Humber, and from around the A1 road to the incomparable Yorkshire coast, the area is home to around 1.4 million people.

We are a family of 579 churches and 125 schools in 442 parishes, led and guided in their faith and work by the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell. York Minster is our principal church.

The appointment of a new Archbishop of York has encouraged the reshaping of the Diocesan vision and examination of our priorities. We are determined to become a simpler, bolder, humbler and more diverse church of missionary disciples which is Christ centred and Jesus shaped, ensuring in partnership with other churches that there is a Christian witness in every community. We wish to be a people who are ‘Living Christ’s Story.’

We are bringing fresh energy and focus to our strategic goals: to Become more like Christ, to Reach those we currently don't; to Grow churches of missionary disciples, and to Transform our finances and structures. Our approach is aligned with a commitment to the best of our parochial inheritance and to the poorest communities, and to the financial realities we face.

Our official website can be found here:

Further Information:

A copy of the Role Description for this post and the Benefice Profile can be downloaded from the files below.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this post, please contact the Bishop of Selby, the Rt Revd John Thomson tel: 01757 429982, or the Archdeacon of York, Ven Sam Rushton 01904 758241

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.

Unfortunately it is not always straightforward for clergy from overseas to be appointed to posts in the Church of England. The policy of the UK Border Agency is that normally the organisation making an appointment has been able to prove that it is impossible to appoint a person who is a national of a European Economic Area country, before a visa giving permission to work will be issued to a person who comes from elsewhere.

Closing date for applications: Midnight on Sunday 27th June 2021

Interviews: Thursday 15th July 2021